This course is designed for general practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. There will be a greater focus on difficult and complex cases in general dermatology. The importance of accurate screening and the rules to avoid missing melanoma are also essential learning. Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this course.
This course is the final part of the three-part Professional Diploma of General Dermatology. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.
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The Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is designed for medical professionals who wish to build upon their dermatological knowledge to accurately screen all patients with skin concerns in primary care. Participants can expect to develop the most advanced clinical skillset and critical awareness of dermatology principles and treatment options, with a greater focus on difficult and complex cases. The course is suitable for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, and degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under the supervision of a general practitioner. Participants must have completed the Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology (or
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
The course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.
The theory sessions cover:
Course participants will:
Module 1: Bites: animals, snakes and insects - A/Prof Caterina Longo
In this module you will learn to recognise venomous and non-venomous bites and stings, and manage allergic reactions. You will learn to identify the causes of common bites, how to recognise the creature causing the bites and the recommended treatment for these conditions.
Module 2: Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care - Dr Daniel Stulberg
In this module you will learn to manage pressure injuries, recognise skin ulcers, identify high risk patients, and manage would care. You will learn to develop a patient-centred, multidisciplinary team approach for pressure, diabetic or venous ulcers.
Module 3: Pregnancy dermatoses - Dr Christopher Ross
In this module you will learn to recognise physiologic changes and conditions that can occur during pregnancy. You will learn to identify different conditions that exist or develop over the course of a pregnancy and how to manage these presentations.
Module 4: Oral mucosal diseases - Prof Richard Usatine
In this module you will learn to recognise conditions of the tongue, oral mucosa and lips. You will learn to identify and develop management systems for oral ulcers, lichen planus, pemphigus vularis, leukplakia, cancer, and Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Module 5: Urticaria and drug eruptions - Dr Daniel Stulberg
In this module you will learn to identify drug eruptions and distinguish between erythema multiforme, Steven-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. You will learn how to manage treatment of chronic urticaria.
Module 6: Nutritional dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis - Dr Christopher Ross
In this module you will learn about malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and the effects of these on the human body. You will learn how to identify patients with obesity dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis and how to manage these conditions.
Module 7: Sexually transmitted infections and HIV - Prof Richard Usatine
In this module you will learn how to identify and diagnose the different cutaneous manifestations of STIs and HIV. You will learn how to develop a treatment strategy to manage these conditions.
Module 8: Vulvar skin diseases - A/Prof Caterina Longo
In this module you will learn how to identify pigmented lesions and inflammatory skin diseases related to the vulva. You will learn to diagnose difficult lesions and how to recognise and manage conditions such as melanosis and seborrheic keratosis.
Prof Richard P. Usatine
Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA
Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA
Professor Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.
Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
A/Prof Caterina Longo
Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Associate Professor Caterina Longo is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Although providing the best care possible for patients remains her primary goal, she also committed to education and clinical research. She is actively involved in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical nevi, Spitz/Reed nevi and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Caterina’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as dermoscopy and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development. She pioneered the use of ex vivo fluorescence confocal microscopy for micrographic Mohs surgery applied for basal cell carcinoma and other visceral tumours. Caterina frequently lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally.
Dr Christopher M Ross
BSc(BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD
Dr Christopher Ross is an Adelaide-based Dermatologist who completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with Honours at Adelaide University in 2004, before completing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University in 2008.
Dermatology specialist training was conducted at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital; he was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) in 2016. Dr Ross has published multiple articles in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and has written and presented several courses in General Dermatology with HealthCert for teaching purposes.
Dr Ross has a keen interest in rural dermatology, providing outreach services to Darwin and rural South Australia. He also holds the position of Visiting Medical Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre, providing care and teaching to Dermatology registrars. Dr Ross has an interest in all general dermatology including acne, eczema, psoriasis and hair loss.
Dr Ross become a founding member of DermoDirect, which is an online teledermatology service that provides a valuable specialist service to rural areas of Australia. He also is a founder of Diagnode, the telehealth platform behind Dermodirect.
Dr Daniel Stulberg
This Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is delivered online in eight modules. We offer a ‘start anytime online’ course structure, which gives flexible start and completion times for studies, as well as exam extensions, to fit in with busy schedules. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience. The two webinars scheduled half way through the course and prior to the exam period, offer the opportunity to join, ask questions and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within 12 months from the start of the course start date. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.
The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.
A clinical audit is a feature of this professional diploma. The audit will guide you to reflect on your patient management prior to and after increasing your knowledge and clinical management of patients with general dermatology conditions. You will need to submit your own patient cases with images as part of the audit. The clinical audit is separately accredited.
The course includes:
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
The pass mark for each exam is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone. Knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.
HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within 12 months from the start of the course start date.
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Diploma of General Dermatology certificate and below points. To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.
This professional diploma certificate:
This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in clinical academic study.
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 of the Rila Institute/Plymouth University Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology.
The Postgraduate Diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 40 per cent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Exams will be held in Perth, Western Australia.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway
Upon completion of the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, participants can complete a Dermatology Clinical Attachment to increase the safety and accuracy of their work. Clinical Attachments in Dermatology are currently available at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Harald Kittler.
Course graduates may also join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).